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Consultation launched over brain injuries in football

Headway Suffolk welcomes a new consultation launched by the Professional Footballers Association (PFA) into former footballers concerned about neurodegenerative diseases (NDD).

The PFA statement says: “Insight and data from the consultation will be used as part of ongoing discussions with the Premier League, The Football Association, English Football League and League Managers Association as work continues towards the establishment of an industry wide care fund to support players living with dementia and other neurodegenerative conditions.”

Dawn Astle is Project Lead for NDD in Football at the PFA and spoke passionately at Headway Suffolk’s Neuro Conference last year about losing her father, former England international Jeff Astle, who died in 2002 with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), caused by repeatedly heading the ball.

Dawn said: “We currently have hundreds of former players and their families who are suffering as a direct result of their careers in professional football. I hope this process will encourage more former players to come forward and help further demonstrate the sheer scale of the issue.

“My focus has always been on fighting to secure substantial and long-term support for families caring for loved ones with a neurodegenerative disease. I’ve always been clear that the responsibility and duty of care towards players rests, not just with the union, but the entire football industry.

“I also hope that consultation will provide yet more evidence for the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council. After nearly two decades, they now need to recognise CTE as an industrial disease. The evidence is clear and it can’t be ignored any longer.”

Read the PFA statement: www.thepfa.com/news/2022/5/9/pfa-launches-former-player-consultation-to-support-push-for-industry-wide-care-fund

Neuro Conference – just 2 weeks to go

Our seventh annual Neuro Conference is just two weeks away (Wednesday 11 May) and there’s still to get your tickets to the live online stream.

There are ten keynote speakers presenting on a range of subjects, including brain injury and crime, the mobile stroke unit, personal stories and brain injury rehab, as well as updates from Headway Suffolk.

Keynote Speakers
(in order of presenting)

Professor Silke Walter
Neurology consultant / Mobile Stroke Unit

His Honour Judge Martin Levett
Resident Judge, Ipswich Crown Court

Professor Huw Williams
Associate Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology

Tim Passmore
Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner

Chief Inspector Nick Paling
Head of Custody, Norfolk and Suffolk Police

Amanda Cousins
Chief Operating Officer, United Kingdon Acquired Brain Injury Forum

Gordon Watling
Suffolk Fire & Rescue / Brain Injury Survivor

Alec Charnley
Headway Suffolk Director / Brain Injury Survivor

Carole Almond
Caring for a loved with Dementia

David Hilton
Court of Protection, CFG Law

£25 for the live online stream

Tickets purchased by calling 01473 712225 or by emailing helenmfairweather@headwaysuffolk.org.uk.

The conference is being kindly sponsored by:

Ashtons Legal
East of England Co-Op
Hodge Jones & Allen
Irwin Mitchell
Slater and Gordon

New Understanding Brain Injury programme

Headway Suffolk is running a new Understanding Brain Injury programme in Ipswich in May and June for adults living with brain injury, stroke or neurological conditions.

The aim of the programme is to help persons understand the effects of their injury or condition and how it affects their daily routines.

It will run for 6 sessions on Monday mornings from 9 May and will be followed by a day for the family on 20 June.

The cost is £60 for the whole programme for new persons but free to existing Headway Suffolk clients.

To find out more and how to book, go to our courses page.

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Hubs closed for Easter

Our Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds hubs will be closed on bank holidays Good Friday (15 April) and Easter Monday (18 April).

They return to normal opening days after that.

Ipswich’s normal opening days are Monday – Friday.

Bury St Edmunds’ normal opening days are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Headway rewards staff with Covid Award

Copywright: Archant

Headway Suffolk rewarded staff who helped the charity through the pandemic at a celebratory awards event at Kesgrave Community Centre on 22 March.

41 staff members were rewarded with a specially-engraved glass trophy and certificate, which was presented to them by Lady Euston, the Lord-Lieutenant of Suffolk; Mr Edward Creasy, the High Sheriff of Suffolk; and Dr Jane Hawking, patron of Headway Suffolk.

Headway Suffolk CEO Helen Fairweather told the Ipswich Star: “I felt staff had worked extremely hard in really difficult circumstances and I didn’t want to just acknowledge that with a pat on the back.

“Quite often homecare gets forgotten about in the keyworker praise, but our staff were working extra hours going into people’s homes to ensure they could come home from hospital, taking risks going into houses when they didn’t know if all or any precautions were being taken.

“And at our hubs we changed the way we worked to keep people safe.

“But staff went the extra mile too – organising foodbanks, cleaning beyond their normal duties, undertaking extra tasks and pressures.

“I just felt they deserved a reward, and their families too, because families feel it when a member is taking on more stress.

“In a few decades time it’ll be something to show the grandkids when they ask what we did in the pandemic.

“There are no specific special awards, everyone helped to keep the charity going through those hard times.”

Click to read the full story in the Ipswich Star

Headway Suffolk and Medequip partnership

Headway Suffolk and Medequip are delighted to announce they have formed a partnership to enhance the services offered by both parties to those living in Suffolk.

Headway Suffolk is a registered charity that supports adults living with brain injury, stroke and neurological conditions through an extensive range of rehabilitation, therapy and community services. It has two hubs in Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds.

Medequip is the provider of the Community Equipment Service, on behalf of Suffolk County Council and the NHS. The service includes the supply, delivery, installation, repair, maintenance, collection and recycling of community equipment. To support independent living, equipment is provided on loan, once prescribed by a Health and Social Care professional.

Helen Fairweather, CEO of Headway Suffolk, said: “We are excited about working with Medequip and look forward to seeing how this collaboration progresses.

“We are always looking for partnerships and companies who can support the work that we carry out and anyone who is interested should get in contact.”

Joe Woodvine, Retail & Promotions Support Manager at Medequip, said: “The new partnership with Headway Suffolk enables us to work together in ensuring Suffolk residents have access to the right help and support when they need it.

“We are looking forward to discovering the different ways we can support this vital charity as part of our commitment to adding social value in the areas we provide our services.”

To find out more about Headway Suffolk, go to www.headwaysuffolk.org.uk.

To find out more about Medequip, go to www.medequip-uk.com/contact/ipswich.

New Carers Drop In service

Headway Suffolk is launching a new Carers Drop In service from 21st February

It will be open every Monday from 10am – 3.30pm at our Bury St Edmunds Hub, near Asda.

It is open to carers of all neurological conditions.

A light lunch and refreshments.

The cost is £10 a day.

Ad hoc care is also available should you wish for some free time in town. The cost for this is £20 per hour.

Contact Sam on 01473 712225 or samanthajangum@headwaysuffolk.org.uk.

New Dementia Day service in Bury

Headway Suffolk is launching a new RMN-led Dementia Day in Bury St Edmunds.

The service will be open every Wednesday from 10am – 3pm at our Bury St Edmunds Hub, near Asda.

It is open to people of ALL ages living with dementia and is led by our Mental Health Nurse (RMN) Sam.

To find out more, contact Sam on 01473 712225 or email samanthajangum@headwaysuffolk.org.uk.

Dignity Action Day

Today is Dignity Action Day – an opportunity to uphold people’s rights to dignity and provide a truly memorable day for people who use care services.

We mark #DAD2022 with the video presentation below of how Headway Suffolk aims to ensure the clients we support are treated as individuals and are given choice, control and independence with the services they receive from us.